|Cotati cops bust two from Contra Costa for burglary
Suspects believed to have committed more crimes in other cities throughout Bay Area
By Dave Williams
The Cotati Police Dept.’s arrest of two men from Contra Costa County on July 6 for burglary may be the linchpin to solve a slew of similar crimes in a number of Bay Area counties.
It all started when Cotati Officer Marcos Perez responded to a burglary alarm call shortly after 6 a.m., at Instrument Technology Corp., located on the 600 block of Portal Street in Cotati. According to a Cotati Police report, Perez recognized the address because he responded to the same address on June 22 for a burglary report.
Upon arrival, he found the business had again been burglarized, but he noticed the metal roll-up door had a large rectangle cutout in the middle of the door.
Perez recognized this as the same method of entry as the June 22 burglary, and he immediately posted a be-on-the-lookout broadcast for a white Ford van, which had been the type of vehicle used in the first burglary.
A short time later, a California Highway Patrol officer located a white Ford van leaving the area of the burglary. The CHP officer followed the van and was able to make a traffic stop in the area of Gravenstein Highway at Redwood Drive.
When the van pulled over, a male passenger ran from the vehicle towards the area of Lowe’s. The driver, identified as Arthur Joseph Salvetti, was detained by the CHP.
With assistance from the CHP and the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety, a perimeter was established and the area was searched. The passenger, identified as Robert Ryan Hayes, was found hiding in the 100 block of Alder Lane and taken into custody.
Further investigation revealed the two allegedly had stolen ground water leak detection equipment, which was located in the back of the van.
The same type of equipment was stolen in the June 22 burglary, according to the police report.
Salvetti was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail for burglary, grand theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime. His bail was set at $250,000.
Hayes was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail for burglary, grand theft, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime and resisting arrest. His bail also was set at $250,000.
During Tuesday night’s Cotati City Council meeting, City Manager Dianne Thompson lauded Perez’ police work, citing how Salvetti and Hayes had been suspected of burglaries throughout southern Sonoma County and other cities in the Bay Area.
She said numerous agencies are now starting to solve cases because of the arrest in Cotati.